African American History on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

March 23rd – 26th, 2019

The Greenwood Explorers

Saturday, Day 1:  We will begin our journey early this morning, traveling across North Carolina & Virginia into Maryland to spend the next 3 nights @ the Hampton Inn in Fruitland.  Dinner is included tonight. (D)


Sunday, Day 2:  After enjoying breakfast @ the hotel, we will depart with our guide.  We will drive by The Stanley Institute, an African American one room schoolhouse built in 1865.  Our next stop will be @ the New Revived United Methodist Church* where we will attend the worship service. This is one of four A.M.E. churches built in this area Post-Emancipation Proclamation.  The church was established in 1876 and today is the only active church.  Lunch will be in the Fellowship Hall @ New Revived United Methodist Church (assortment of sandwiches, side salad and drink). After lunch, our tour takes us over to the Harriet Tubman Underground Visitors Center*. The Visitors Center offer exhibits, an audio-visual program, museum store, research library & helps to understand Harriet’s life & preserve her legacy as the remarkable freedom fighter.  As we pass by Brodess Farm, you will hear a landscape narrative of Harriet’s first years as a young slave here.  Our next stop will be Bucktown Village Store*, a 19th century country store that operates as a museum featuring authentic African American artifacts related to slavery, various displays, and gifts. Between 1834 & 1836 at this location, Harriet Tubman received a blow to her head that fractured her skull while she attempted to assist a fellow enslaved man. This has been called Tubman’s first public act of defiance.  As a result of the injury, she experienced lifelong health problems and spiritual visions that changed her views and guided the rest of her life.  Our next adventure takes us on a driving tour of downtown Cambridge, including Long Wharf (slave port), High Street, Dorchester County Courthouse (site of slave trading and trial of Abolitionist Rev. Samuel Green).  Dinner this evening will be in downtown Cambridge @ High Spot (Fried fish, garden salad, side of vegetable, roll iced tea & dessert). (B, L, D)


Monday, Day 3: After breakfast @ the hotel, our guide joins us for a full day of touring. Our first stop will be @ Pemberton Hall Plantation, a 1741 river plantation, with costumed guided tour of restored home and stories of 18th century rural life and history.  Our next stop will be @ Poplar Hill Mansion*, for a guided tour of Salisbury’s oldest documented residence, dating to late 1790’s.  It is located in Newtown and one of several Federal period homes. Charles H. Chipman Center, Delmarva’s oldest standing African American Church that dates back to 1837 is where you will enjoy a Full British Tea: a  lovely and full meal of soup or salad; tea sandwiches, scones, desserts. There is a direct slave history between the mansion and the Chipman Center. After lunch, you will have a tour of the center, built by freed slaves; many who came from Poplar Hill Mansion. Frederick Douglas spoke here to raise monies for expanding the church. You will also enjoy a special Gospel Music Performance re-enacting the slave experience.  This afternoon, we travel to the Mason-Dixon Marker, a boundary marker that tells the history and line of demarcation during the Abolition Period between north and south as it relates to the issue of slavery between the states of Maryland and Delaware. The day goes on as we stop @ Rosenwald School and hear a local docent tell us about one of the few restored schools built post-Civil War/Reconstruction Era through program founded and funded by Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears & Roebuck.  Dinner will be @ Zion United Methodist Church, San Domingo*.  Menu:  Fried Chicken, Stewed Chicken w/dumplings, Oyster Fritters, seasoned greens, seasoned green beans, macaroni and cheese, corn pudding, rolls cornbread, sweet tea and dessert.  After dinner, we will go back to hotel for a good night’s rest. (B, L, D)


Tuesday, Day 4:  After breakfast, we will begin our journey back to Greenwood, our minds overflowing with stories & all the great experiences we’ve enjoyed on this tour.  We will return to Greenwood in the early evening. (B)


Cost Per Person: Double Triple Quad Single
$685 $630 $595 $880

*Denotes off-boarding of motor coach

Cost includes:  Roundtrip Modern Motorcoach Transportation - 3 Night Accommodations – Luggage Handling - Meals (3 Breakfasts @ Hotel, 2 Lunches – one is a British Tea, 3 Dinners) - Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway Guidebook -  All Admissions and Docent Fees - Customized Tour – Musical Slavery Interpretive Program - Experienced, Local, Certified Interpretive Tour Guide - Services of Adventure Travels Escort & Tour Planners



Deposit Due: October 21st - $100

2nd Payment: Due November 21st - $100

3rd Payment: Due December 21st - $100

4th payment: Due January 21st – $100

Final Payment: February 21st – Balance Due


Please contact Rita @ (864)344-7636 with any questions.

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